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Nice Watsonville food article in Santa Cruz Sentinel

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bouncepass Apr 30, 2013 02:20 PM

Today's Sentinel has a nice article on Watsonville options. It's not the same-old, same-old. I haven't checked out many of them, but a number of the places are on my "to-visit" list; some have also been discussed here in the past (e.g. El Frijolito).

http://bit.ly/1587y9a

  1. Melanie Wong May 2, 2013 12:24 AM

    Actually I've been to Taqueria Lidia, trying a couple antojitos there in January 2011, but failed to post at the time. It was fine but not so wonderful that I need to rush back. Part of my wanting to try Lidia is that I'd heard that the produce used comes from organic farms in Pajaro Valley. Not sure that's true, as I didn't get a chance to verify it at the time. Here's what it looked like at the time,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/5416166681/

    Anyway, I had a memelita (Oaxacan version of a small sope) and a quesadilla. Neither of my items looked anything like the photographs posted with the menu. The memela (foreground) with quesillo (Oaxacan style cheese) was more like a freshly made tortilla than a thick, griddled masa cake and had none of the cabbage or other garnishes. Then the quesadilla was griddled instead of golden and deep-fried like the photo on display. Salsas had plenty of kick but were quite watery.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniew...

    I'd love to hear what others have liked here, especially any comments on the mole.

     
    1. Melanie Wong May 1, 2013 04:16 PM

      Thanks for sharing the piece.

      Here's the list of places mentioned.

      Carnitas Trejo: 370 E. Lake Ave., 831-768-8863
      D'La Colmena Market: 129 W. Lake Ave., 831-724-4544. www.dlacolmena.com.
      Delicias 2: 130 E. Lake Ave., 831-724-0559
      La Esperanza Seafood Drive-In: 400 E. Lake Ave., 831-728-9514.
      Freedom Meat Lockers & Sausage Co.: 160 Hi-Grade Lane, 831-724-4355. www.freedommeatlockers.com.
      El Frijolito (aka Hole in the Wall): 11 Alexander St., 831-724-8823.
      Fruteria Quetzal: 433 Union St., 831-728-6577. www.fruteriaquetzal.com.
      Mi Pueblo: 1437 Freedom Blvd., 831-763-7656. www.mipueblo.com.
      Super Taqueria: 720 Main St., 831-761-1565
      Taqueria Lidia: 475 Rodriguez St., (at the bus station).
      Taylor Bros. Hot Dogs: 336 Union St., 831-722-2402

      The one I'm most curious about to try next is Carnitas Trejo, as friends tell me the carnitas are even better than D'la Colmena's. Who's been there?

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        bouncepass May 1, 2013 06:41 PM

        David Kinch once tweeted that Trejo was the best carnitas he'd ever had. IMO, the best carnitas has not just a deep luscious porkiness to it but also has some caramelization and crispiness on the outside. The latter requirement seems to be hit-and-miss at even the best places in this area, and my experience with Trejo is that it's no more consistent than, say, Taqueria La Cabana on Mission in Santa Cruz which I think does great carnitas about half the time. So for me, I won't go out of my way to go to Trejo.

        I've tried to go to Lidia more than once but it was always closed. I've heard very positive things though so hopefully I'll get the timing just right one of these days to try the mole negro and homemade tortillas.

        1. re: bouncepass
          Melanie Wong May 2, 2013 12:15 AM

          If you want the crispy outer crust on carnitas, be sure to order it that way. Not everyone likes "carnitas doradas", so there's not guarantee that it's considered a mark of quality or that it will be served in your portion otherwise.

      2. emglow101 Apr 30, 2013 09:44 PM

        A nice article in the Sentinel. Taylors hot dog stand has been there forever. I have been to there other stand in Visalia. Great chili dogs. Super value. Think I'll go there this weekend.

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